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Sarawak Gov’t Is Hosting NYE Party For Frontliners & There’s So Much Drama Already

Sarawak Gov’t Is Hosting NYE Party For Frontliners & There’s So Much Drama Already

Many questions arose on the SOPs and quarantine rules.

Anne Dorall

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Sarawak usually hosts a smashing New Year’s Eve party every year at the Kuching Waterfront, but the pandemic has put a wrench in those plans. To usher in 2021, they will be hosting a much smaller celebration of 1,000 guests at the Indoor Stadium instead.

The party is meant to celebrate frontliners in Sarawak and will be held strictly according to SOP.

Sarawak-born artiste Dayang Nurfaizah will also be making an appearance, but the way she entered the state has raised some eyebrows.

Quarantine upon arrival?

She had completed a swab test before arriving in Sarawak, but upon arrival, was asked to take another swab test and quarantine.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah noted that there are special rules for certain people that stipulates only a swab test in Peninsular Malaysia prior to departure and no quarantine upon entering Sarawak.

He said that he had already gotten permission from State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to give Dayang Nurfaizah the quarantine exemption.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was not happy that she did not get the special treatment he specifically requested for.
(Credit: YB Karim Hamzah/Facebook)

However, as she was still asked to take a swab test and quarantine, Abdul Karim has personally apologized to her for the inconvinience caused.

He also slammed SDMC personnel for forcing Dayang Nurfaizah to undergo the proper procedures.

But I know some ‘smartass’ in SDMC must have overdone (their duty). The minister, the SDMC chairman had given me clearance but some ‘smartass’ tried to be better than the minister.

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

Malaysians start questioning the double standards

Netizens were not impressed that she was given such special treatment.

Some noted that if certain individuals are allowed special treatment by forgoing the SOPs, then the SOPs are not standard at all and would still place everyone at risk.

How Many People Are Allowed To Gather?

The Covid-19 situation has calmed down in Sarawak, and they are no longer under CMCO since 27 November. At the time of writing, they have no active red zones, and only 4 yellow zones.

Abdul Karim has also noted that the party will be hosted in strict compliance with the SOP.

Currently, Sarawk is under the RMCO. The SOPs does allow for gatherings subject to venue size and physical distancing, so it seems that Stadium Perpaduan will be able to hold 1,000 pax while compliant with SOP.

The Sarawak Coundown 2021 will be broadcast live on TV Sarawak and UKAS Facebook pages starting 8pm, so that all Sarawakians will be able to watch the show online. Additionally, there will also be fireworks to be set off just outside the venue.


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